Angkor Wat tours led by English speaking guides who ferry guests in tuk-tuks
What To Know
Royalty alert: this hotel was once the guest residence of Cambodian King Sihanouk
Price includes half-board (breakfast and lunch or dinner), temple tours, airport transfers, laundry services, and in-room mini-bars
There are two pools, while each pool suite has an additional private pool
A historic estate turned cool, modern complex —mere minutes from Siem Reap and Angkor Wat — designed for pampering and refreshment
An iron gate gives way to a secluded complex, one that feels worthy of guests of royalty (this was, after all, once the guest house of a king). Inside, the aesthetic is classic, minimalist Aman. There’s sandstone reliefs depicting the temples of Angkor Wat, the occasional vase of flowers, plenty of notes from nature like dark wood and terrazzo—and little else. Though the result is tranquil and laid-back, the service (there’s five staff members for every guest) doesn’t miss a beat.
You’ll find a perfect balance of style and substance in each of the 24 open-plan suites, with combined sleeping and living areas and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The courtyard suites have secluded gardens with reflecting ponds and sun loungers — though, with the Cambodian heat, it might be worth booking a pool suite to cool off as fast as possible. Inside, it’s all clean lines and elegant furniture, but not too much of either: a wide bed, free-standing bathtub, and free mini-bar go a long way.
Jacqueline Kennedy, Peter O’Toole, and Angelina Jolie all found solace within the grounds of the estate—perhaps owing to its winning combination of seclusion (slightly away from the main streets and nighttime noise) and location (it’s just five minutes from the gates of Angkor Wat). Even Amansara’s restaurant, with its fabulously soaring ceilings and market-driven menu, seems designed to enable guests to eschew the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap. The spa, with its locally inspired treatments that use Cambodian clay, herbs, and rice, begs for repeat visits.
Nearly 99% of all visitors to Siem Reap come for Angkor Wat, where they spend up to a week touring the temple’s astounding Khmer ruins. But the city itself, bursting with restaurants and bars, is also worth exploring – a great option for international tourists looking to let loose after hours of sightseeing. You’ll find the action along the main strip, Pub Street, as well as at the Old Market, which operates during the day as well as at night.